Commission to discuss county business


By Jan Runions - [email protected]



As it now stands, the Claiborne Commission could have another ‘skimpy’ meeting this month, if the agenda is any indication. Seven items of interest are listed on the document, four of which are Board of Education (BOE) resolutions that are normally joined together under one vote.

However, as is the case many times, the commissioners could very well add items to the evening’s business once the meeting begins.

The only item under old business is the appointment of commissioner Whitt Shuford to the Claiborne Regional Planning Commission. Shuford beat out commissioner Danny Longworth last month by a vote of ten to eight, with one commissioner passing his vote.

Under new business, the commission will review the 2015 tax aggregate report, submitted by Claiborne County Trustee Alice Alexander.

According to that document, Alexander’s office managed to collect $13,006,233.26 in taxes, leaving some 2.445 percent of tax payments to be ‘filed in court.’

Commissioner Gary Poore is sponsoring a resolution that, if adopted, will effectively chop one-tenth of a mile of roadway from Moody Hill, adding it to Shipley Ridge Road. Apparently, the community referred to that section of road as a part of Shipley Ridge, prior to name designations made by Claiborne E-911.

Changing the name back to its original will allow emergency agencies and others an easier time in locating individual residences along that stretch of roadway.

The first of four BOE resolutions deals with funds received from the sale of surplus buses. If adopted, the resolution will allow the school system to use the $2,980 in revenue to purchase vehicle parts.

The second resolution will allow the system to deposit into the General Purpose budget $7,500 in Tobacco Settlement Grant funds that will be used for various expenditures that include salaries, benefits, travel, contracted services, supplies and materials.

The monies were generated via the ‘Teens against Tobacco Use’ program.

The third resolution effectively ‘re-classes’ certain line items in the General Purpose Budget to amend Community Health and Ready to Read Grant expenditures, in order to adhere to state guidelines.

The fourth resolution deals with the receipt of some $27,100 in School Board Mini Grant monies, which will be added to the General Purpose Fund.

None of the four BOE resolutions involve local tax dollars.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Claiborne Commission will begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 17, inside the large courtroom of the Claiborne County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend these monthly meetings.

Reach Jan Runions at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @scribeCP.

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By Jan Runions

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